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Capt Paul Webster Boudra
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Birth: Sep. 10, 1922
Johnson County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2010
Bienville Parish
Louisiana, USA

Paul Webster Boudra

ARCADIA, LA - Paul Webster Boudra, 87, of Arcadia, died June 12, 2010 after a long illness. The son of the Rev. James Franklin and Ellen Ruth Barefield Boudra, he was born in Clarksville, Arkansas on September 10, 1922. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College and Louisiana State University, where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. He was married to the former Doris Blanche Ripp of New Orleans.

A World War II veteran, Paul volunteered as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was called to active duty in February 1943 and in April 1944 graduated with honors from Flight School at Moore Field in Mission, Texas where he attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He volunteered for immediate combat and was assigned to the 31st Fighter Group of the 15th Air Force as a P-51 pilot. He flew 27 successful missions before being shot down and captured near Budapest, Hungary. He was interned originally at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany and took part in the Death March to Stalag VIIA near Moosburg, Germany when the Allied Forces began to close in on Berlin. He was liberated by Patton's forces in May of 1945 after spending 8 months as a prisoner of war. In an interesting twist of fate, Paul's brother-in-law, James Hazelwood, was serving under General Patton and was present at the liberation of Stalag VIIA. It was there that the brothers-in-law met for the first time. Paul attained the rank of Captain and was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, and European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and American Campaign Medal. After the war, Paul was employed as a Naval Inspector and also worked for the Army Corps of Engineers on the Atchafalaya River Basin Project designing revetments. He then moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he worked at the Redstone Arsenal for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. He began work for the newly-created NASA at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans in 1961 until his retirement. His career spanned Projects Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and the Space Shuttle.

Following Paul's retirement from NASA, he and Doris settled in Castor, LA where they enjoyed family and new friendships and fellowship at Castor United Methodist Church. During his final years he lived at Leslie Lakes Retirement Center in Arcadia, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Eunice Kathrine Boudra and Thelma Lee D'Angelo. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris Ripp Boudra; a brother, William Louis Boudra, and a sister, Peggy Gene Norman; five children: Paul Webster Boudra, Jr., Margaret Ellen Root, Gary Russell Boudra, Patricia Joy Buckles and Heidi Elaine Pellegrin. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is requesting that memorial donations be made to Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, P O Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273-9976.

Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1680 First St., Arcadia, LA on Tuesday, 6/15 at 1-3 PM, followed by a funeral service at 3PM. Graveside service and interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Honaker Funeral Home) in Slidell, LA on Thursday, 6/17 at 10 AM. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Arcadia Chapel 318-263-2094

Published in Shreveport Times on June 14, 2010
CPT - Captain (O-3) US Army Air Force (USAAF), veteran of World War II, awarded the Silver Star medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star medal with "V" device for valor, World War II Victory medal, Purple Heart medal, and Prisoner Of War medal.
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  Ellen Ruth Barefield Boudra (1894 - 1951)
  Doris Blanche Ripp Boudra (1924 - 2013)*
  Eunice Katherine Boudra (1913 - 1913)*
  Thelma Lea Boudra D'Angelo (1915 - 1988)*
  William Louis Boudra (1919 - 2010)*
  Paul Webster Boudra (1922 - 2010)
  Peggy Gene Boudra Hazlewood (1926 - 2013)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: May 8, 2013, photography attempted, however, cemetery office confirmed that this burial is unmarked.
Forest Lawn Cemetery
St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: New interment, on or about June 15, 2010
Created by: JB BERRY
Record added: Jun 14, 2010
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Capt Paul Webster Boudra
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The Bronze Star Medal of the Armed Forces of the U.S.A. Is awarded to those who have demonstrated bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces. We the people, than...(Read more)
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